How to treat inflammation in cats
Inflammation is not a life threatening condition and there are many home remedies for cats with inflammation which are effective in dealing with its symptoms.
Inflammation manifests as swellings of parts of your cat’s body. It may occur as a result of injury or an allergy. It can also be caused by scrapes, cuts, burns, abrasions and bruising. The severity varies and depends on the cause. Inflammation can reach from redness of the skin due to a flea allergy, insect sting or dermatitis to more severe swelling of the limbs and joints. The areas most commonly affected by swelling of include the limbs, joints, skin, lymph glands and internal organs.
Treatment depends on the underlying cause. Conventional medications commonly used to minimise swelling include antihistamines for swellings caused by allergies or arthritis medication. Home remedies for cats with inflammation are a safe choice and unlike conventional medication will be free of side effects.
Herbal home remedies
Home remedies for cats have long been used to address inflammation of skin tissues and body parts. For example, a poultice of wood avens applied to wounds will quickly reduce inflammation and a tisane of the same herb mixed with marigold tisane will cure inflammation of the intestines. Give three dropperfuls, six times a day.
Chamomile is beneficial for internal and external inflammations. A pillow filled with warm chamomile and applied to areas of inflammation and pain will bring relief. Inflamed eyelids are effectively treated by washing the eyes with a chamomile tisane and a chamomile compress applied to the eye. For internal inflammations a tisane (herbal tea) can be given, either mixed in food or drinking water or administered directly by dropper.
Catnip used in tisanes, infusions and tinctures will heal internal inflammations. A tisane of lady’s mantle should be given for inflammation of the abdomen whereas a tisane of club moss will bring relief in cases of inflammation of the testes.
Inflammation of the ear can be treated with a horsetail compress enriched with lavender oil. Inflammations of the mouth and gums can be cured with a horsetail tisane.
A cowslip tisane is of great value in treating inflammation of the heart muscle.
A corn silk tisane is an excellent remedy for inflammation of the kidneys. Give one dropperful every three hours until the condition improves; thereafter reduce to four times a day.
For inflammation of the throat a cold infused mallow tisane is perfect to wash the throat several times per day until the symptoms. A poultice of mallow mixed with barley flower can be applied to the throat overnight. A mallow tisane is also particularly helpful for inflammations of the mucus membranes of the bladder, mouth, stomach and intestines.
A marigold tincture is excellent for swelling of the tongue. Dilute it and apply it as a compress. Swellings of the eye can be treated with a marigold tisane. Use it for washings of the eye.
The Chinese herb huang qi is an excellent anti-inflammatory herb and effectively promotes the healing of wounds and injuries.
Ensure your cat maintains a healthy weight to reduce pressure on the lower limbs and joints. To help reducing swelling feed you cat a healthy, low sodium diet. Encourage your cat to drink plenty of fluids to keep her skin cool, particularly in hot weather.